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CLEARNET LAUNCHES PCS IN CANADA

VANCOUVER, B.C.-Clearnet Communications Inc. said it officially launched Clearnet PCS, its personal communications services network based on Code Division Multiple Access technology operating in the 1.9 GHz range.

The company is the second1.9 GHz PCS provider to launch service in Canada. Microcell Telecommunications Inc. turned on its Global System for Mobile communications network last November and now covers seven metropolitan areas. Mobility Canada and Rogers Cantel own both cellular and PCS licenses and neither have launched 1.9 GHz PCS service.

Both operators were required to wait to launch service in any market until one of the new entrants launched. Both have indicated they were in no hurry to launch since they have nationwide cellular coverage and digital service in many areas.

Clearnet is offering dual-mode handsets that operate on cellular networks as well. Industry Canada requires Rogers and Mobility to open their cellular networks for resale to Microcell and Clearnet outside of their coverage areas.

Clearnet PCS phones will be available in more than 600 sales outlets across Canada by mid-month, said Clearnet. The company has concluded a roaming agreement with U.S. PCS carrier Sprint Spectrum L.P.

Clearnet also operates a digital wireless communications network called Mike, which uses integrated Digital Enhanced Network technology. The service is available in the Windsor-to-Quebec City corridor. Clearnet plans to offer service in western Canada in 1998.

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